Noble: Steelmen were days from going under

Corby Town chairman Steve Noble
Corby Town chairman Steve Noble

Steve Noble believes Corby Town were “days from going under” before a consortium of local businessmen completed their takeover of the club soon after the end of last season.

The new Steelmen chairman has been giving his thoughts on the current state of affairs and what might lie ahead in the future at Steel Park as part of an exclusive sequence of interviews with the Northamptonshire Telegraph.

Noble, who has a number of year in local football including being the manager of Stewarts & Lloyds and Desborough Town in the past behind him, was appointed as chairman following the takeover from previous chairman Kevin Ingram.

The Steelmen ran into financial difficulties at the end of the last campaign and the consortium of seven Corby-based businessmen completed their takeover before retaining Tommy Wright as the club’s sole manager.

They are now preparing for a fresh start in the new surroundings of the Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division.

But Noble has been reflecting on some dark times for the club at the end of last season.

“I think we were days from the club going under,” he said.

“That was why it (the takeover) was really pushed. It had to happen at the end of the season.

“I am not going to go into any details of how things got to that point but once players aren’t being paid, it is the first sign that something is not right.

“I won’t go into the nuts and bolts but if you aren’t meeting your obligations then you are in trouble and that is the same for any walk of life.

“The fans could see it and those of us standing on the sidelines could see the players weren’t happy.

“The alarm bells were going for quite a while. I won’t point fingers at anyone because I am not interested in doing that.

“But the infrastructure of the club certainly wasn’t right for whatever reason. There is no point harping on about it, it’s now a case of us trying to get it right and that is attitude we have got.

“We don’t want to wallow in the past. We have stood there as fans many times saying ‘I could do this and I could do that’. Well now we have to prove it.”

As far as next season is concerned, Noble believes boss Wright has been given a “workable” budget, which he insists is guaranteed for the whole campaign.

“Being realistic, the finances of the club are not the best,” Noble added.

“We have stabilised things so there is no immediate risk to the club and we don’t want to put it in that plight again.

“So we have had to watch the budget. The one we have got is not great but it’s workable. And it’s guaranteed for the season.

“As a manager, you want to know what money you have got so you can tell these lads that they will get their wages for the whole season.

“Tommy is talking to all sorts of players, he is a proper manager and this is the time of year when he does his work.

“And it’s also why the takeover had to happen soon after the end of the season to allow the manager time to operate.”

Don’t miss more thoughts of Steve Noble on this website and in next week’s Corby Telegraph